Short Biographies of Speakers
President, International Association for Energy Economics
Christophe Bonnery is President of the International Association for Energy Economics, IAEE (www.iaee.org) . He is Vice President, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company. He is also President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009.
He created in 2012 the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers. He created the Marcel Boiteux Award in 2011, which recognizes the best French book on energy economics (https://www.faee.fr/en/51-5GHf.html) every year.
Recently he was Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders: Governments, industries, consumers, researchers. In this position, he developed an influencing expert network in various countries.
He was previously Vice President, Economic & Prospective Studies, AREVA. In this role, he headed a team of Senior Energy experts in charge of electricity markets, competitiveness assessments and all primary energies analyses.
He also serves as Project Manager for a program aiming to define potential synergies between nuclear and oil industries for heavy oil production.
He is member of the French Association of Petroleum Technicians/ Economic Section and of French Gas Association. He was also member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Energy & Geopolitics Studies (Paris-Dauphine University).
Mr. Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.
His former affiliations include: Head of the Economics Department, NUSYS consulting company, Paris, France; Commercial Director, International Division, SGN, Paris, France; Project-consultant, Shell, Paris, France; Research Assistant, Economic and Industrial Research Division, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
He participated and organized more than 250 conferences and policymakers ’advisor contributing to national energy policies on resources assessments, power generation technologies, energy demand modelling, energy and poverty, market designs, energy tariffs, regulation, etc…
Christophe Bonnery has been awarded the Knighthood of the National Order of Merit.
President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Adam Sieminski is the president of KAPSARC, an independent, non-profit, research think tank located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. KAPSARC’s mission is to advance the understanding of energy, economics, and the environment, while acting as a catalyst for dialogue on issues of importance to policy makers and the public.
Prior to his KAPSARC appointment, Mr. Sieminski held the James Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security, regional studies, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration
From June 2012 to January 2017, Mr. Sieminski served as the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical division of the U.S. Department of Energy. In early 2012, while awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation for the EIA appointment, was the senior director for energy and environment on the international economics staff of the U.S. National Security Council at the White House.
From 1998 until 2012, Mr. Sieminski held various roles at Deutsche Bank, including senior equities analyst covering the U.S. integrated oil companies, oil equities strategist, and chief energy economist. Working with the bank's global research and trading units, he drew on extensive industry, government, and academic sources to analyze energy market trends and write on a variety of topics involving energy businesses, energy companies, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.